A wide variety of Garden Center news was popular with readers last month, including content from the 2017 State of the Industry Report and coverage of various industry events and trade shows.
Major shake-ups in the garden retail and the larger horticulture industries were also widely read by site visitors throughout November, including Dümmen Orange’s acquisition of McHutchison and Vaughan's Horticulture and the closing of Gateway Garden & Home Center in Loveland, Colo., after 131 years in business.
Listed below are the nine most-read news posts and magazine articles on gardencentermag.com from November 2017, as ranked by total page views:
1. Dümmen Orange acquires McHutchison and Vaughan's Horticulture - The company also announced changes in its North American leadership.
2. 2017 State of the Industry Report - Examining the independent garden center industry and housing market a decade after the Great Recession.
3. Gateway Garden & Home Center closes after 131 years - The Loveland, Colo., retailer is expected to officially close in December.
4. Winners announced for Cool Product Awards at The Landscape Show 2017 - Garden retailers and landscape professionals attending the trade event selected the top products.
5. 9 reasons to be thankful for plants - This Thanksgiving, remember how important plants are to our lives.
6. Falling into the autumn spirit - We asked you in October: “Do you host any special fall-oriented events at your garden center? How well-attended are they?”
7. Registration opens for Green & Growin' 2018 - The event takes place Jan. 15-19 in Greensboro, N.C.
8. California garden centers join wildfire recovery efforts - A series of blazes destroyed homes and businesses throughout Sonoma, Napa and Mendocino counties in October.
9. Consumer confidence hits highest level since December 2000 - According to CNBC, this figure accounts for Americans' views of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next six months.
Pictured above: Bennett Valley Gardens in Santa Rosa, Calif., was in the impacted area when wildfires ravaged several California counties in October. Photo courtesy of Bennett Valley Gardens.